A City of Yuma employee was crushed by a 16-foot saguaro cactus this week, according to city officials.
William Mason, a water-distribution technician with the city's utilities department, has been in the intensive-care unit at a hospital since Tuesday.
According to the city, Mason was checking out a water leak in the Del Oro Estates subdivision in Yuma when the gigantic cactus apparently fell over and pinned him to the ground.
Mason was out there working with a crew, so they were able to free him and seek medical attention for him.
Mason has multiple injuries, but his back and legs were "particularly" injured, the city says.
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Why exactly the cactus fell on him is "under investigation."
The city notes that saguaros weigh between 3,200 and 4,800 pounds, and are usually anchored by a long tap root.
A Yuma newspaper says nearly 150 cactus spines were removed from Mason's body.